No luck for Fergie as usual

Bad luck that is, this time.

Ferguson can’t complain tonight, that’s for sure, as Chelsea were denied a blatent penalty when Evra brought down Ramires late on.

Even the usually calm Carlo Ancelotti resorted to confronting the referee on the pitch at the end, it was most unlike the Italian who usually stays away from referees and criticising them. Something I don’t believe he gets the credit he deserves for.

All in all, I thought United did well and probably just deserved their win tonight, although had Chelsea equalised I wouldn’t have argued that a draw wasn’t a fair result.

But considering Chelsea were the home team, I think it’s fair too say that at times United looked a bit too comfortable. United were in control for most of the first half, before Chelsea improved in the second half.

But Ancelotti’s team just didn’t do enough for me.

That said – like Rio Ferdinand – I don’ think this tie is over. One thing that Chelsea have in their favour is that they are still in the tie, it’s not beyond them to go to Old Trafford and win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.

They have won at Old Trafford before in big games, so why not again!

Barcelona’s thrashing of Shakhtar was no real surprise, but I’ve just watched the goals and some of them where a joke.

Like last night, the defending on show was awful. That’s Tottenham, Inter Milan and Shakhtar all getting a good thrashing in the quarter-finals of the champions league. All three of them defended more like teams that get knocked out in the group stages.

It’s disappointing, but three of the ties are already dead.

Will Roman Abramovich sack Carlo Ancelotti?

Carlo Ancelotti has so far refused to walk after his teams latest defeat, this time in the FA Cup, one of the view remaining chances Chelsea had of winning something this season.

In the wake of this defeat, when asked by reporters if he was going to resign, Ancelotti replied “No, not me. I don’t have to consider my position. It is the owner that has to consider my position, not myself.” Effectively telling Abramovich, if you want to see the back of me, you’d better get your cheque book out again.

If the recent transfer window proved one thing, it proved that at the moment Abramovich is willing to use his cheque book, unlike in pre-season. So a parting off the ways could be on the cards.

If Chelsea do sack Ancelotti, how much will that be that they’ve paid out in compensation to managers over the last 7 years?

When Claudio Ranieri departed the club in 2004 he still had 3 years on his contract and is believed to have walked away with upwards of £5M. Since then Jose Mourinho was rumoured to have walked away with £10M, Avram Grant has cost the club £5M and Luiz Felipe Scolari must have also cost them a fortune as he was less than 1 year into a 3 year deal.

Oh yes, and all the backroom staff they would have brought with them.

At the moment the best price on Ancelotti being the next Premier League manager to leave his post is 5/1 with Sky Bet.

VC Bet and William Hill seem less optimistic on Ancelotti’s chances as both have him at 4/1 as the next manager to go – or next manager to go before Avram as it must surely be known by now.

Sky Bet also have the Italian at a generous looking 11/10 too not see out the season at Stamford Bridge, he is 4/6 to survive.